26th Annual Realtors CARE® Blanket Drive Revamped
B.C. – Imagine sleeping on the hard, cold street without even a blanket, jacket, socks or gloves to keep you warm. That is how thousands of people in the Lower Mainland endure the winter. Twenty-six years ago, in response to their plight, a few REALTORS® coordinated a collection of blankets and clothing to help 3,000 homeless people in Vancouver’s downtown core. Since then, the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has blossomed into a monumental effort involving more than 100 realty offices. Associates and staff typically collect enough each November to help more than 35,000 people in need.
This year, because of COVID-19, the drive has switched to an online format. Just like always, it will assist multiple charities that work directly with people who are homeless or lack the basic necessities to get through the winter in relative comfort and good health.
“The pandemic has been particularly hard on the most vulnerable people in our communities,” write the organizers. “While the charities that we work with for the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive told us that they won’t accept clothing donations this year because of the risk of spreading illness, we knew that you still want to help.”
In response to what is hopefully a one-year only change in format, the 2020 REALTORS Care® Charity Drive is accepting donations through their website: www.blanketdrive.ca. The drive runs from November 23-27, 2020.
All proceeds will be distributed to the 50+ long-time REALTORS Care® partner charities, which includes many grassroots groups and larger organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Union Gospel Mission. The charities will be able to purchase the items most urgently needed by those who are recovering from substance or domestic abuse, or who need shelter and warmth.
Please support those in need by making a donation. Donations can qualify to receive a tax receipt from Charitable Impact on behalf of the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.
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